Nationalism can help foster a sense of belonging and identity, but it has increasingly become weaponized across the globe as a dividing force. Surveying ideas contained in essential written works from the past 400 years, experts illuminate how the pursuit of liberty forged the American identity and continues to define a truer, more inspiring form of American nationalism.
Was the Electoral College designed as a pro-slavery ploy to place undue influence in the hands of slaveholding states? Using historical sources and precedents, experts debate both sides: that the College was put in place as a reasonable alternative to direct election of a president versus an effort by the founders to accommodate slavery.
Thomas Jefferson is best known as our third president and the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, but what influences in his life led him to embrace the democratic principles that would be the foundation of a young American Republic? Historians uncover the ideals and complexities of one of the most contentiously debated Founding Fathers in our history.
The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted only a few months’ time, but it had an indelible influence on America’s place on the world stage. Discover this important moment in history through the lens of the most famous regiment of the era: the Rough Riders, a crew of volunteer soldiers led by an ambitious colonel named Theodore Roosevelt.
Discover the almost unbelievable story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the leader of the largest spy network in France during World War II. She was captured by the Nazis twice and escaped both times, and her agents provided the Allies with some of the most crucial intelligence of the war, including a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads used for the landing on D-Day.
The Cold War of the 20th century seems clear cut, in retrospect: a galvanizing competition to rally free and market-oriented societies against a godless communist empire. But the 21st century has brought about new, more complicated conflicts. Historian Stephen Kotkin examines U.S. relations with China, Russia, and Iran from the 1970s to the present.